Ex-councilman charged with embezzlement lands new job

Former Providence City Council President Luis Aponte leaves court in 2017. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — A former Providence city councilman who resigned after he pleaded no contest to felony embezzlement in 2019 has landed a new job with the city of Central Falls.

Luis Aponte tells WPRI-TV his new title is deputy director of public works and code enforcement.

He said he started the job earlier this month. His salary is $50,439.

New Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera said she wanted to give Aponte a second chance. Aponte was serving as president of the Providence City Council when he was indicted in 2017 for felony embezzlement, accused of spending nearly $14,000 worth of campaign donations on personal expenses.